NCAA Women's Golf Preview
May 18, 2009
Three Big Ten squads are set to compete in the 2009 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships. Purdue, Michigan State and Ohio State all met the qualifying standard by finishing within the top eight in the Central Regional. The Boilermakers finished second with a team score of 896 (+32), MSU placed fifth with a three-round score of 905 (+41) and the Buckeyes finished seventh with a 54-hole tally of 917 (+53). Twenty-four teams and six individuals will take part in the four-day event with the team champion and individual medalist being crowned on Friday, May 22.
Purdue will begin NCAA Championships action for its 10th-consecutive year after having won its second-straight Big Ten title. The Boilermakers are led by three-time conference Player of the Year Maria Hernandez as she ranks No. 7 among collegiate golfers. The two-time first team All-American is averaging a team-low 72.9 strokes-per-round average and tied teammate Maude-Aimee Leblanc for her second-consecutive Big Ten individual title. Hernandez is joined on the first-team All-Big squad by No. 15 Leblanc, No. 41 Thea Hoffmeister and No. 54 Junthima Guylamamitta. Head Coach Devon Brouse was honored by his colleagues as Big Ten Coach of the Year. The Boilermakers finished fourth in last year’s NCAA Championships and have placed within the top-10 in the past three seasons.
No. 21 Michigan State will enter NCAA play for the seventh time in the past 10 seasons and with three members of the All-Big Ten first and second team. No. 18 Laura Kueny fronts the Spartans with first-team honors while second-team distinction went Aimee Neff and Lindsey Solberg. MSU placed second at the conference championships, riding a six-year streak for top-three finishes at the annual event.
No. 26 Ohio State took home third-place honors at the 2009 Big Ten Championships. Sophomore In Hong Lim earned first-team All-Big Team accolades as ranks No. 66 nationally while newcomer Vicky Villanueva garnered Big Ten Freshman of the Year laurels. The Buckeyes will appear in their first NCAA Championships since the 2005 season.